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Graduate Program Field Experiences

Administration & Supervision Field Experiences

  • Practicum. Candidates complete and document a minimum of 360 hours of practicum over two 3-credit courses. They compile a portfolio of the experience with at least one artifact for each ELCC element.


  • School-based fieldwork. Candidates engage in integrated learning experiences in school-based field work in four core reading courses.
  • Clinical practicum. Candidates engage in clinical experiences over two 3-credit courses and participate in a portfolio review at the end of each practicum course.
  • Capstone. Candidates complete a practicum during which they conduct action research as a means of influencing literacy practices and instruction and assume a coaching role to support teachers’ professional development.

Special Education

  • Observations. Candidates observe in diverse general education classrooms, resource room situations, and self-contained environments for 15 hours.
  • Direct instruction. Candidates engage in small group direct instruction sessions and testing for 15 hours.
  • Interviews. Candidates conduct interviews with school psychologists, with personnel who work with ED/BD populations, and with related services personnel for 5 hours.
  • Summer programs. Candidates participate in extended school year summer programs or community based transition programs for 15 hours.
  • Master's project. Full time teachers complete hours during summer and/or planning period and full time graduate candidates complete full school day teaching/assisting in general education diverse classrooms for 60 hours.
  • After school programs. Candidates participate in after school programs for at risk students for 3 to 6 hours per week.